Iran asks UN to hold US accountable over sanctions
Iranian UN Ambassador asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to hold US accountable over imposing sanctions against Iran.
Iran Press/ America: The United Nations should hold the United States accountable for re-imposing sanctions on Monday, measures that defy a UN Security Council resolution, Iran's UN ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo wrote in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Reuters reported.
"The irresponsible conduct of the United States necessitates a collective response by the international community in order to uphold the rule of law, to prevent undermining diplomacy and to protect multilateralism," Iranian UN ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo wrote.
In Feb. 21, Iran's ambassador to United Nations said, those sanctions which are related to political motivations of countries are unlawful and illegitimate.
Gholamali Khoshroo also said, UN Security Council should not overlook international norms and the Charter of the United Nations when imposing sanctions on countries.
Meanwhile, the US has imposed sanctions on 700 Iranian targets as part of its “largest ever single day” of economic penalties against Tehran, the IRISH TIMES reported.
US Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, told reporters on Monday: “today the US is executing on the final actions to withdraw [from] the Barack Obama administration’s fatally flawed Iran deal.
The first round of American sanctions took effect in August, targeting Iran's access to the US dollar, metals trading, coal, industrial software, and auto sector.
France, Germany, Britain and the European Union issued a joint condemnation of the United States’ move to place fresh sanctions on the Iranian economy, vowing to protect European companies doing "legitimate" business with Tehran.
On Sunday, the eve of the sanctions, thousands of Iranian marking 'the national day of fighting global arrogance', held rallies across the country to mark the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the US embassy in Tehran.
Demonstrators in Tehran gathered on Sunday outside the former US diplomatic mission, also known as the “Den of Espionage,” chanting slogans against the United States.
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei denounced US sanctions on Saturday, saying the United States has always been on the losing side of the 40-year-long war it has waged against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In a meeting with a number of university and high school students, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out to the continuing challenge between Iran and the US and said: "The enemy made every effort against us, with a variety of actions. The US engaged in military, economic, and media warfare against us."
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has assured the Iranian nation of the government’s resolve to stand up to US threats, emphasizing that his team will do all in its power to resolve the economic problems caused by American pressure.
Second round of US sanctions removed under the 2015 nuclear deal, targeting the Iranian oil and financial sectors, reimposed on Monday.
The unilateral measures that will hit oil exports, shipping and banks, are the most concrete result yet of US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision in May to abandon the multi-nation nuclear deal with Tehran.